There is Always More To Do

Life has been crazy.  Aside from getting ready for DragonCon 2013, we decided this week to buy a house.  We have to close before we leave for DragonCon, so things have been a little nutty!  And to boot, I caught an unexpected cold last week, and am still recovering.  I’ll accept that if it means I avoid the con crud though!!

Anyway, amidst all the crazy, I did manage to cross a few more things off my lists this week.

Behold, the monocle for my steampunk costume!  This piece came together with  a container lid, black leather, pleather for straps, elastic, some connectors and snaps, a clay piece, gears, hot glue, and a double lens clip piece.


The whip is still in progress.  I cannot believe how hard it is to find 1″ hex nuts.  Home Depot, Lowe’s, Walmart … wound up having to order them from a store called Fastenal that the Home Depot rep told me about.

I will certainly not be remaking the bustier into a corset – I recently realized that would drastically change the look of the front costume piece, so I will need to think about that more for a future wear.

I did complete my shield infusion electronics and chemistry project.  This was much more annoying than the wand project, but it is finally together and working.  Again I used electrical tape instead of soldering.  And theoretically the battery and lights are possible to change out.  Just so you know, drilling out the insides of a rubber cork for an Erlenmeyer flask – not my cup of tea.  To hide some of the wiring, I turned a second flask stopper upside down, removed as much of the innards as I could, snaked wires through, and taped it to the topper that holds the UV LEDs.  The wiring is a tad touchy, and ultimately, the lights don’t light up the fluid in the bottle nearly as much as I want, but it will have to do as I have no other solution.

What’s in the bottle?  A mixture of tonic water, fluid from yellow and orange highlighters, and a touch of yellow food coloring.  You can see I covered the lights with some cellophane so that they don’t get wet (I might tape over the edges to clean it up a tad).  It may not look as awesome as I wanted in the light, but in the dark, I’m pretty content with it:


Let’s see what else … I redid my fairy shoes.  I decided the wonky way that I stitched the fabric around the flip flop was stupid and too puffy for my liking.  So I stitched together two strips of fabric, folded them into a tube, stitched along the edge, and turned the tube right side out and closed off the ends.  I wound up with a much longer tie strap this way, and it wrapped much more tightly around the flip flop.  In the picture below, the left has a picture of the new strap prior to going on the flip flop.  The center is a picture of the new shoes (complete with my adorable toe ring that Kim sent with my ear cuffs!), and the rightmost picture is the old poofy gross version.


And this weekend I did a trial run of Elizabeth, wig and all.  I am not very good with styling wigs yet, but I bought some hair spray meant specifically for synthetic hair, and tried to use it to create a bit of a mussed look like she has in the video game.  Did I succeed?


Things I learned during this trial run include:

  • My garter belt is NOT going to stay on my leg for more than like 10 minutes tops.
  • We will be lacing the corset with 2 separate laces.
  • I’m STILL not completely happy with my skirt.  I will be attempting a quick hoop skirt to wear underneath.
  • My boots seem pretty comfortable (I wore them for a few hours).
  • I wish the extra firm interfacing in my bolero’s collar would stand up just a smidge more.

The recent skirt redo that I did basically involved shortening the skirt as it was way too long.  I hiked up the higher side a bit more so that it falls closer to my knee, and I removed the gathers.  I also took off the home made ruffle on the bottom and added a store bought trim with pretty eyelets.  When I said I’m not happy with the skirt, it’s really that I am not happy with how it lays, hence the need to make a hoop skirt.  But I believe this newer version is better for sure.

My husband was uncooperative and did not wish to put his costume on and practice posing (go figure).  So take this pose with a grain of salt 🙂



Little over a week left!  <Squeal of excitement>


10 comments for “There is Always More To Do

  1. Juliet
    August 19, 2013 at 8:12 am

    The costume looks great, Jen – and I love the wig! I can’t believe you made the whole thing. You are so creative!!

    • Tyraenna
      August 19, 2013 at 8:22 am

      Thanks! I could nitpick it to death, but I’m pretty happy with it overall 🙂

  2. Aunt Patty
    August 19, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Hi Jenn — you look gorgeous! I don’t know much about this game or characters you are trying to be but whoever it is — you get an A +++ in my book! Haha! I hope you feel better with your bad cold and a big CONGRATS to you and Jesse on buying a new house! This is FANTASTIC news! Just make sure to let us all know your new address! Haha! Lots of love XOXOX aunt Patty 🙂

    • Tyraenna
      August 19, 2013 at 9:23 am

      Thanks! Haha, as soon as we close, I’ll be sending some electronic notices with the new address 🙂 The builder has a useful website for all the things you need to do, like setting up utilities and notifying people of your address change!! 😀

  3. August 19, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Hello just wanted to say your outfit has turned out beautiful! I am currently working on an Elizabeth costume and have never made a costume from scratch before so thank you so much for your tips 🙂
    Once again you make an excellent Elizabeth, really great job, well done!!!!
    All the best
    Kitty Cosplay

    • Tyraenna
      August 19, 2013 at 12:29 pm

      Thanks, glad to be helpful! Good luck with your Elizabeth costume as well! Where are you going to be wearing yours? 🙂

      • August 19, 2013 at 12:47 pm

        Thank you 🙂 I will be wearing mine to MCM in October and possibly Winter London Film and Comic con 🙂

  4. August 19, 2013 at 10:23 am

    I’m really digging that wig. If you’re ever in the market for a shorter haircut, that one’s a winner. Jesse better get into the spirit of costuming and cooperation soon!

  5. Amybug
    August 19, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Awesome, as usuall!! Great job, Jenn! And I really like that wig/hairstyle, too… 🙂

    • Tyraenna
      August 19, 2013 at 6:46 pm

      Thanks, Amy! 🙂 Hope we’ll get to catch up at DragonCon this year! I’m excited to see your YMCA costume! 😀


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